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Corydalis.]                          FLORA INDICA,                                ;    263
andWinterbottoia, and from Kashmir, where it frequents damp woods. Hohen acker's
North Persian * specimens of C. verticillaris have minute glaucous leaflets, and very
long spurs to the flowers, whilst those from South Persia have shorter spurs.
The flower of var. j8 looks very different from that of the ordinary states of C. ru-
tafolia, having a narrow upper petal, which is very concave and acute; we find, how-
ever, various intermediate states, and the foliage, fruit, and all other parts of the plant
being identical, we are unable to make a distinct species of it. A similarly narrow
short upper petal occurs in Kotschy*B n. 15 from Taurus, in <?, Ledebouriana (Karel.
and Kir. 66) from Tarbagatai, also conspicuously in Cretan specimens (Sieber's C.
unijtora}, and others from Boissier, named C. rute/bZia, var., and in Syrian ones from
Aucher-Eloy (402); also in Kotschy's C. verticillari3t EC., from north and south
Persia (107 and 471), which in foliage and appearance approach very near Griffith's
Afghanistan specimens, both having exceedingly small flowers. The foliage of /J is
quite as variable as that of rutafolia, and the variations are entirely similar in each;
Winterbottom's specimens having delicate, flaccid, broad, green, obtuse leaflets, and
large flowers; Fleming's having very patent, much divided, linear, glaucons, more
coriaceous ones.
6.  C. K^shmiriana (Royle, HI. 69.1.16. f. 1); Mis radicalibus
ternatis, foliolis trilobis lobis sectis, caule filiform! simplici supra medium
1-8-foliato, foiiis 3-multisectis lobis oblongo- v. anguste linearibus,
bracteis inferioribus 3-sectis, floribus subumbellatis, petalo postico apice
concafo acuminato calcari seqttikmgo, inferiore dilatato trullseformi
rhomboideo v. obscure trilobo.                                     A
HAB. In Himalaya temperata et subalpina: Sikkim, alt. 12-14,000
ped.l Kumaofc, 10,000 ped., Sir. et WinU Kishtwar, 12,000 ped.l
Kashmir, ftoylel 8500 ped., Winierbottiml—^l* Jun. Jul.) (r.*)*
Species p&rvula, pulcherrima. Caulis gracflis, >t capillacetts, basi bulbiHiferus,
supra terrain 2-8-pollicaris, flexuosus, apicem versus 2-S-foliatus. folia radi-
calia 0 v. pauca, Ipnge petiolata, palmatim 3-5-partita, pinnis longe petictitt&tis;
caulina alterna, rarius opposite, sessilia, rarius petiolata, in segmenta B-6 linearia
profuude secta, J-l poll, longa, lobis intermediis elongatis tritidis v. pinnatisectis,
omnibus obtusis v. mucromdatis. Racemus 3-8-florus. Bractea inferiores laciniatac,
superiores integemma. Pedicelli elongati, graciles. Sepala 0, v. squamseformia.
Flores ctelestira, i-1 poll, longi. Petalum posticum foraicatum, acutum v. acami-
natnm, calcari curvo gracili v. latiusculo sequilongam v. brevius, anticum apice dila-
tatum, obtusnm; appeadice versus apicem calcaris producta. Ovarium stylo eequi-
longum, multiovnlatum, Siliqua immaturse pendulse v. deflexce, lineari-oblongw.
A beautiful little plant, the smallest of its genus, easily recognized by the colour
of the flowers, which appear in May and June in the north-west Himalaya, but not
'till July and August in Sikkim. The cauline leaves are variable in number, shape, and
length of the petiole, though generally sessile. The flowers also vary in the length of
the spur, shortness of the upper petal, which is sometimes obscurely keeled above, and
in the breadth of the lower petal, which is generally very broad, membranous, and
entire or three-lobed.
7.   C. polygalina (H.f. et T.) j caule gracili siinpiici supernc 1-
8-foliato, foiiis pinuatisectis segmentis linearibus subcoriaccis acutis
nervis parallelis, racemo basi ramoso v. racemis 1-3 5-10-floris, pedi*
cellis brevibus, petalo po«tico apice fornicato acuto dorso breviter alato,
inferiore apice cueullato dorso alato, calftare jBore longiore rectiusculo
obtuso.
HAB. la Himalaya orieutali alpian, alfc. 14-16,000 ped.: Sikkim!—
(PI. Au'$.) (t?. t?.)